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Catherine Holder Spude

Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Genre(s): fiction and literary nonfiction
Job(s): Retired archaeologist

Email: chspude (at)

Favorite Places in Alaska: Skagway, for its history and ambiance.

Bio: The author worked as a historical archaeologist for the National Park Service in and out of Alaska for 30 years before retiring. Her research on the primary documents connected with the Klondike gold rush yielded a lifetime of stories to be retold through academic and popular histories. She has published five books since her retirement.


  • Sin and Grace (nonfiction), Lynn Canal Publications, 2007.
  • Eldorado! The Archaeology of the Northern Gold Rushes (co-edited with Robin O. Mills, Karl Gurcke and Roderick Sprague) (nonfiction), University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
  • "That Fiend in Hell": Soapy Smith in Legend (nonfiction), University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.

Please contact me for editorial services and manuscript consultation.
I work with university and community writers.
Special Interests:
I am interested in and conversant about the Progressive Era history, especially in Alaska.

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Listing last updated: May, 2016

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